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Castles & Gardens of the Dordogne - Full Day

Reference: OPHDor6

When : From April to October (closed in August)
Pick up : 10.00am - Place Pateur Bus Stop
Return details : 6.00pm - Tour returns at departure point
Duration : 8h00 - full day
Availability : Every day
Cost :

From A$180 per adult

From A$90 per child (4-12 years)

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In the morning, depart towards the Dordogne valley by Carsac-Aillac and Montfort.

First discover and visit the mighty castle of Castelnaud a medieval fortress overlooking the Dordogne River, erected to face its rival, the Château de Beynac. The oldest documents mentioning it date to the 13th century, when it figured in the Albigensian Crusade; During the Hundred Years' War, Castelnaud pledged allegiance to the Plantagenet, whereas the lords of Beynac across the river, to the king of France. In later times it was abandoned until it served as a quarry after the French Revolution. Today the picturesquely restored château houses a much-visited museum of medieval warfare, featuring reconstructions of siege engines such as the trebuchet. After a guided walking tour of the castle, depart for the castle of the Milandes.

Built around 1489, it was the main house of the lords of Caumont until 1535. In 1937, the entertainer Josephine Baker rented the château and then bought it in 1947. Completely transformed by the artist at the time, your visit will plunge you back in the styles of the day and will make you discover an unknown facet of the life of the artist, her commitment as a resistance fighter during the 2nd world war.

Finally end the day with the visit of the Castle and Gardens of Marqueyssac: listed as a National Historical Monument it offers more than 6 kilometers of shaded paths, edged with 150 000 hand-pruned hundred year old boxwoods. As you walk along the cliff sided by the Dordogne and the Gardens, you will reach one of the most breathtaking belvedere of the region, overlooking the quaint village of La Roque Gageac.


 The tour includes:

  • Entrance to Castelnaud Castle
  • Entrance to Milandes Castle
  • Entrance to Marqueyssac gardens
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivans
  • Small group tours of 8 passengers maximum

The tour does not include:

  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Eventual gratuities
  • Meals & drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions unless mentioned

Lascaux II & the Art of the Caves - Full Day

Reference: OPHDor5

When : From April to October (closed in August)
Schedule : 9.00am to 5.00pm
Duration 8 hours
Availability : Every day except Tuesdays (every day in July)
Cost :

From A$180 per adult and A$90 per child (4-12 years)

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Some 15,000 years B.C. unknown artists created breathtaking cave paintings of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. During this day you will be introduced to this fascinating art and to the people who made it.

Begin the day in Les Eyzies de Tayac for a guided visit of the National Prehistory Museum. Opened in 2004, this national museum possesses the largest collection of prehistoric artifacts in the world.

Continue to Montignac where you will visit Lascaux II cave, a perfect reproduction of the original cave. Opened in 1983, Lascaux II is a triumph of technology, unique in the world. Rigorous scientific and artistic methods were used to recreate the incomparable atmosphere of the original cave: a reinforced concrete shell was created using shipbuilding techniques, the relief of the cave was reconstituted down to the tiniest detail, and the polychromatic paintings were executed just as the originals were 17 000 years ago, using natural pigments.

Finally, end the tour with the visit of Rouffignac Cave that possesses original and authentic etchings and drawings. The Rouffignac cave was already mentioned in 1575 by François de Belleforest. In his Cosmographie universelle he cites “paintings and animal traces”. In the 19th century the cave was known as a tourist attraction. Famous archaeologists like Henry Breuil, André Glory and Martel had visited the cave in the early 20th century, but it was only in 1956 when Louis-René Nougier and Romain Robert, two prehistorians from the Pyrenees, rediscovered and confirmed the cave art. After the visit, return to Sarlat.


 The tour includes:

  • Entrance to Lascaux II
  • Entrance to Rouffignac cave
  • Private visit of the Prehistory museum
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivans
  • Small group tours of 8 passengers maximum

The tour does not include:

  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Eventual gratuities
  • Meals & drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions unless mentioned

All Dordogne in a day

Reference: OPHDor2

When : From April to October (closed in August)
Schedule: 9.00am to 6.00pm
Duration 9 hours
Availability : Every day except Tuesdays
Cost :

From A$225 per adult and A$115 per child (4-12 years)

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Discover the best the Dordogne region has to offer during this full day guided tour. Begin the tour with a guided walking tour of Sarlat. The town developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and one of the towns most representative of 14th to 16th century France. During the guided tour you will discover the most famous monuments and buildings of the town including the mysterious "Lantern of the Dead".

Your day will continue with a walking tour in two delightful villages: Beynac and La Roque Gageac. While in La Roque Gageac, enjoy a boat ride along the Dordogne River to admire all the mighty castles that line the River.

Your next stop will be in Les Eyzies de Tayac, the world capital of Prehistory as this is the town where Cro-Magnon was discovered. Here you will visit the National Prehistory Museum with your guide who will explain the basics of our common history as the life and culture of Homo Sapien are revealed.

Finally, end the day with the visit of Lascaux II cave, a perfect reproduction of the original cave discovered in 1940 by 4 teenagers.


The tour includes:

  • Guided walking tour of Sarlat
  • Visit of Lascaux II cave
  • Guided visit of the National Prehistoric Museum
  • Boat Ride on the Dordogne
  • Walking tour in Beynac
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivan
  • Small group tour of 8 passengers maximum

The tour does not include:

  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Meals & drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums and attractions other than mentioned

Villages of the Dordogne - Half Day

Reference: OPHDor4

When : From April to October (closed in August)
Schedule :

Morning: 8.30am (except August & October)
Afternoon: 2.00pm
Duration 4h30

Availability : Every day
Cost :

From A$115 per adult and A$60 per child (4-12 years)

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Drive to the beautiful village of Domme. With its trapezoid city plan, Domme is a bastide (a fortified medieval town) adapted to the surrounding terrain, and thus falling short of the rectangular city plan characteristic to bastides. The village is classified as one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" ("The Most Beautiful Villages of France"). In 1307, Knight Templars were imprisoned in Domme while during the Hundred Years' War, the bastide was coveted by the English who first took the town in 1347 and repeatedly changed rulers throughout the war until 1437 when it finally fell under French rule again.

Then drive to La Roque Gageac and enjoy a peaceful cruise on the the Dordogne River on board an authentic Gabarre to admire mighty castles that line the river.

Finally, reach Beynac to admire the village and the Castle. This Middle Ages construction, with its austere appearance, is perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River. The castle was built from the 12th century by the barons of Beynac (one of the four baronies of Périgord) to close the valley. The sheer cliff face being sufficient to discourage any assault from that side, the defences were built up on the plateau: double crenellated walls, double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine, double barbican.


The tour includes:

  • Guided walking tour of the villages
  • 1 hour Boat ride on the River Dordogne
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivan
  • Small group tour of 8 passengers maximum

The tour does not include:

  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Gratuities

Pech Merle & St Cirq Lapopie - Full Day

Reference: OPHDor3

When : From April to October (closed in August)
Schedule : 9.00am to 5.00pm
Duration 8 hours
Availability : Every day
Cost :

From A$225 per adult and A$115 per child (4-12 years)

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The Quercy region is on your program for today. We first head towards the fascinating cave of Perch Merle that still bears some authentic cave drawings, paintings and etchings. Extending for more than a mile from the entrance are caverns, the walls of which are painted with dramatic murals dating from the Gravettian culture (some 25,000 years B.C.) Some of the paintings and engravings, however, could date from the later Magdalenian era (16,000 years B.C.). The walls of seven of the chambers at Pech Merle have fresh, lifelike images of a woolly mammoth, spotted horses, single color horses, bovines, reindeer, hand prints, and some humans. Footprints of children, preserved in what was once clay, have been found more than half a mile underground.

After the visit of the cave, we depart for the wonderful village of St Cirq Lapopie, known to be the most beautiful of all the beautiful villages of France. Its position, originally selected for defense, perched on a steep cliff 100 m above the river Lot has helped make the town one of the most well preserved in the area, almost as if it was an open air museum. After it was "discovered" by the Post-Impressionist Henri Martin, it became popular with other artists and the home of the writer André Breton.

Finally, stop in Cahors to admire the only remaining medieval fortified bridge of Europe, the Valentré bridge.


The tour includes:

  • Visit of Pech Merle cave
  • Free time in St Cirq Lapopie
  • Visit of Valentre bridge in Cahors
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivan
  • Small group tour of 8 passengers maximum

The tour does not include:

  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Meals & drinks
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